Today Isaiah presents a wonderful vision of peace and harmony between people and nature. It includes one who will come from the house of David. This will be fulfilled in the coming of the anointed one –
the promised Christ. This is what John the Baptist announces in the Gospel . However it comes with a stark message: repent! The overall message is one of hope, the promise one of salvation, but entry into the kingdom will not be automatic – it will be for those who choose it and whose lives reflect that choice.
The Journey in Faith course continues today at 5 pm in the presbytery.
Today is the last day for signing up for the Christmas party at North Walsham on 15th December at 4 pm. A list is in each of our churches.
All parishioners are welcome to use the car park at the Sacred Heart church. However you are encouraged to put a current newsletter in your windscreen to avoid a warning note!
Next weekend there will be a retiring collection for the Dependent Priests’ Fund.
On Monday 9th, the Immaculate Conception of the BVM, Mass at North Walsham is at 12noon.
A Service of Reconciliation will be held at the Sacred Heart Church on Saturday 21st December at 11.30am.
CAFOD World Gifts Catalogues are now available in each church. If you would like to find an alternative gift for your friends or family please select something from the catalogue that could have a profound effect for the good on those in need.
Churches Together (NW) Prayer Meetings: on Tuesday 10th at 10am. (immediately following the 9.30am Mass – therefore no Exposition) there will be a prayer meeting in the church. All are welcome.
There is an Advent Service at Hoveton at 7.00pm on Tuesday 10th December and also one at North Walsham on Sunday 15th December at 3pm followed by the Children’s Party in the parish hall at 4pm. Everyone is welcome to attend these services.
Please send a Christmas card to Fr. Greg and the students/community at Svay Sisophon by 10th December. Address on labels are in the pocket on the Twinning board.
On Friday 13th December there is a Stalham Area House Mass at the home of Mary and Duncan Edmonds at Leo House, The Green, Stalham, NR12 9PU. Tel. No. 01692 580712
Church floral decorations for Christmas. Please help our flower arrangers to provide beautiful floral displays in our churches for the Christmas period by kindly donating a small contribution. There will be a basket in the porches of each of our churches. Thank you.
The final total for the Support Cambodia Appeal was an amazing £2,048. Members of the Sacred Heart Parosh contributed a wonderfully generous 75% of that total and the charity’s Trustees would like to express their gratitude to every single one of you who donated. Thank you very, very much.
We pray for our sick parishioners: Joe Seely, Maria Wilby, Matt Butler, John Gowing, Teresa Farrow, Tom Ender, Derek Palman, Kevin Fitzmaurice and Mary Carr.
We remember all those whose anniversaries occur at this time including: Pearl Byrne, Joseph Rose, Jean Gawthorpe, Mary Fogarty, Angela Holmes, Mildred Parker and Ivan Fisher.
May they rest in peace.
Next Family Mass: Tuesday 24th December
(Christmas Eve at 6.00 pm.)